The Path to Self-Love

11 February 2021 | Written by Xenia Ayiotis

Filed Under: Body Acceptance Change

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
— Buddha —

When we think about love, we often look at love in relation to having someone to love or someone who loves us back.

What if we rather looked at self-love?

Self-love is challenging. We are programmed to be hard on ourselves.

I so often hear my clients say: “I want to learn to love myself”.

So how do we do it? How do we start to love ourselves?

“The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself”
— Maya Angelou —

It’s exceptionally difficult to go from judging and hating yourself to loving yourself, there are a whole lot of steps between hate and love.

First, we have to stop the hating, judging and beating ourselves up. How do we do that? Through AWARENESS? Noticing that critical voice. Giving her a name. Once you notice that voice it’s important not to believe all your negative thoughts about yourself. As the adage goes: Don’t believe everything you think!

Secondly, we need to shift from hate to a more neutral attitude towards ourselves.

Thirdly, to start the process to learn to accept the parts of ourselves we have difficulty loving.

Once we can accept our “dark side”, be less critical about ourselves, and start practicing compassion when we mess up, then the pathway to loving ourselves can be easier. Take advice from author Elizabeth Gilbert who says, “Embrace the glorious mess that you are”.

As some of you know, I love questions.

I have created a list of questions that can help you on your path to self-love.

  1. What does love mean to you?
  2. What are the biggest obstacles in your way preventing you from loving yourself?
  3. If you could go back in time, what loving words would you say to yourself at age 6, 12, 18, 24…?
  4. What are 3 things you love about yourself? (it can be your laugh, your loyalty – don’t just think in terms of appearance)
  5. Where and with whom do you feel really loved?
  6. What is something loving you wish someone would say to you?
  7. Say that thing to yourself – and again.
  8. When was the last time you lovingly indulged yourself? What did you do? How can you indulge yourself again? (a day alone? A pyjama day – my personal favourite!)
  9. What things, activities, people make you feel happy to be alive?
  10. What activity feels like self-love?
  11. What loving habit would you like to introduce into your life?
  12. How can you bring in more daily loving acts, words and beliefs towards yourself?
  13. If you chose to live your life with love – what would you say to yourself?
  14. Answer this…If I really loved myself, I would ………………

What if, for the rest of this year, you simply focused on loving yourself just a little bit more?


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